HGBA Spotlight of the Month: Deborah L. Trnka

Deborah L. Trnka

Edward Jones
5300 Merchants View Square, Suite 100, Haymarket

When and why did you decide to join this company?
I joined the firm because I wanted to help people.  It may sound cliche’, but it’s true.  Having lived through financial hardships with my parents, I have seen how it affects the family. My parents had to dip into retirement to care for my sister and they didn’t enjoy the golden years. So, this is why I am passionate about empowering people to take control of their financial situations.

How does your business serve the local community?
As a small business, I serve the community by helping people reach their long term financial goals. There is an educational component to help them plan and prepare.

Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession.
One of my favorite memories is when I was invited to a client’s wedding. I realized then that my clients care about me as much as I care about them.  I value those relationships and treat clients like family.

Tell us about your experience with the HGBA. How has it supported you in your local business?
I really enjoy being a part of HGBA and I’m on the board as the Membership Chair.  Networking is vital to a successful business and HGBA provides that platform. Being a member helps me build my brand and get to know people in the community. 

What are the top three business tips and tricks can you offer other professionals?
Three top tips I can offer other professionals is to be present, actively engaged and show up!  It takes all three to be successful when networking!

Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town?
As a retired military spouse we moved around a lot. I moved here from Singapore.  My husband was active duty Army when we moved here more than 13 years ago, and he retired about nine years ago.  We chose to stay in Haymarket as we liked the small town feel surrounded by the city life.  There is always something fun to do around here, like going to visit the local battlefields, or hanging out at some of the best wineries with friends.

What is your favorite season in this area, and why?
I love spring as it reflects a time of renewal and growth.  The temperatures are just right and the flowers are blooming.  I love seeing the trees turn green again.

What are some hobbies you enjoy?
I love to travel and go on Disney cruises.  My husband and I have found it is the only way to truly shut down and relax. We can totally unplug and de-stress.  Anyone who knows me knows Disney is my happy place. I figure if you can’t be happy at Disney you can’t be happy anywhere! 

Are you involved with any nonprofits? If so, which one(s) and why?
I’m on the board of W+Wings, Women Walking in God’s Spirit, which is a local non-profit. We gather resources to provide for women and children in need.  Having grown up less advantaged I know what a free meal or a gift can do to lift someone’s spirit.  We provide meals at Thanksgiving and gifts at Christmas to some local families.  I love to give back, or pay it forward, in my community.  There is something about rolling your sleeves up, truly sacrificing, and putting in the time to help others in need.

What was your first job, or your most interesting job prior to your current profession?
One of my most interesting jobs ever was being the advertising editor of a women’s magazine in Singapore. I had the opportunity to really dig into the culture and learn about the Asian community. I experienced first hand working with people from different cultural backgrounds and celebrating our similarities, as well as our differences.  I loved seeing “how the locals live.”  I want to go embrace the local scene wherever I go.

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